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Wake Forest Launches Waste Wizard to Help Residents Recycle Wiser

The Town of Wake Forest has unveiled an interactivetool on its website designed to help residents stay connected about its garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection programs.

Known as Waste Wizard and available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/waste-wizard.aspx, the interactive tool allows users to sign up for waste collection reminders and download collection schedules.

In addition, the Waste Wizard allows users to type in key words related to disposable household materials and receive valuable disposal tips. From aluminum cans and phone books to popcorn bags and plastic beverage bottles, the search tool helps residents determine which items can be recycled and which ones should be thrown away.

As an added bonus, the Waste Wizard is also provided as a function on the Town of Wake Forest app. For more information or to download the town’s app, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

For more information about the Waste Wizard, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/waste-wizard.aspx or contact Public Works Director Mike Barton at mbarton@wakeforestnc.gov.

More Volunteers Needed for Friday Night on White

Due to the overwhelming success of the first Friday Night on White concert on April 8, the Town of Wake Forest is seeking additional volunteers for each of the remaining concerts.

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., the Friday Night on White outdoor music series takes place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Well over 4,000 area residents turned out to see the Magic Pipers Band kick off the free music series on April 8. As warmer weather settles in across our area, even larger crowds are expected for upcoming concerts featuring Brickhouse on May 13, The Will McBride Group on June 10, Stone Age Romeos on July 8, The Remedy on Aug. 12, and Crush on Sept. 9.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during each of these performances. However, volunteers are not required to check age identification.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training and a commemorative t-shirt. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes at lhayes@wakeforestnc.gov.

Serious Leak to Delay Opening of Holding Park Pool

Holding Park Pool, 133 W. Owen Ave., will not open Memorial Day weekend as planned because of a serious leak.

Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources staff first became aware of the issue while performing routine maintenance in preparation for the pool’s opening.

The swimming pool has been drained to allow a contractor to determine the leak’s cause and make the necessary repairs.

The pool was scheduled to open for the 2016 season on Saturday, May 28, but officials say it may be early to mid-July before the leak is repaired and the pool is filled.

Built in the early 1940s, Holding Park Pool is one of the area’s largest outdoor public swimming pools. The 50-meter pool is typically open during the summer months and offers swimming to the general public, as well as water aerobics, swim lessons, lap swim times, and parent/toddler swim times.

For more information about Holding Park Pool, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Holding Park Pool” or contact Athletics Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.

Public Hearing on 2016-17 Budget Set for May 17

Town Manager Kip Padgett presented the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget to the Board of Commissioners for consideration on Tuesday, May 3. The budget will serve as the town’s financial and spending plan for the period and, once adopted, will authorize resources and establish a direction for Wake Forest programs and services for the coming year.

The proposed budget includes a $0.52 tax rate ($0.52 per $100 of assessed property valuation), $0.14 downtown municipal service district tax ($0.14 per $100 assessed property valuation) and no change in electric rates. However, the town is nearing the completion of a comprehensive electric rate study and any rate adjustments will take effect in fiscal year 2016-17.

The budget, which reflects the goals and strategies outlined in the town’s strategic plan, proposes 16 new full-time positions, two permanent part-time positions, and performance pay or merit funds, plus career ladders for eligible departments.

The public is invited to view a copy of the proposed budget in the town clerk’s office, located in town hall, from now until Tuesday, May 17. On that date, a public hearing is scheduled during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting to receive public comment. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the town hall board chambers, 301 S. Brooks St.

Interested citizens may also view a copy of the proposed budget, the town manager’s budget message, and the 2016-17 budget highlights by visiting the town’s website at
www.wakeforestnc.gov/budget.aspx.

Final budget approval by the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for the June 21 meeting.

For more information, contact Finance Director Aileen Staples at astaples@wakeforestnc.gov.

Renaissance Plan Update Presentation Set for May 10

The Town of Wake Forest is in the process of updating the Renaissance Plan for the Heart of Wake Forest. As the process continues, the Downtown Wake Forest Design Team will present preliminary recommendations for the Renaissance Plan Update on Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Wake Forest Town Hall Board Chambers, 301 S. Brooks St.

Area residents are invited to attend the presentation, which will include recommendations for infrastructure, public space, development/redevelopment opportunities, parking, retail strategies, programming and management.

Originally adopted in 2004, the Renaissance Plan for the Heart of Wake Forest proposed a clear vision for the re-invigoration of the downtown area.

Encompassing approximately 220 acres, the Renaissance Area is generally bound by the CSX rail line to the west, the NC 98 Bypass to the south, and the Historic and Central Business Districts to the north and the east. The area includes a mixture of retail, service, office, governmental, residential, and light industrial uses. A variety of undeveloped properties and vacant lots are also scattered throughout the planning area.

The Renaissance Plan seeks to provide policy and programmatic recommendations for the revitalization of and the encouragement of reinvestment into the historic downtown. The plan also proposes a number of realistic development opportunities specifically targeted throughout the heart of the Wake Forest community which are aimed at creating a more vibrant community to engage all who visit, work, and live in this special place.

To view/download the Renaissance Plan, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Renaissance Plan.”

For more information, contact Planning Director Chip Russell at 919-435-9511 or crussell@wakeforestnc.gov.

“Jazz and Juleps” to Raise Funds for Renaissance Centre

Carillon Assisted Living of Wake Forest, 3218 Heritage Trade Dr., will host “Jazz and Juleps On the Terrace,” on Saturday, May 14, from 2-4 p.m. The Southern-themed event will raise funds for the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts.

Area residents are invited to attend the event “dressed to impress” and enjoy a jazz performance by The Stillman Barrio, mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres on Carillon’s rose-filled trellis patio.

All proceeds from the benefit will help the Renaissance Center develop and promote artistic programming and endeavors that contribute to the revitalization of downtown, connect and engage the community through inspiring arts experiences and contribute to the local economy.

Carillon will host similar Jazz and Juleps fundraisers at each of its 19 senior communities statewide in the month of May. These signature fundraising events help Carillon fulfill its mission to be a trusted community partner everywhere that Carillon operates an assisted living and Alzheimer’s care community.

As part of that mission, Carillon creates opportunities for seniors to stay connected to the world around them – opportunities that enable older adults to keep growing, learning and making new connections of their own.

For more information about “Jazz and Juleps,” contact Tammy Robbins at 919-569-2101.

Serving as a dynamic addition to an already expanding downtown arts scene, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts currently includes 10,000 square feet of commercial space. Located at 405 S. Brooks St. in Renaissance Place at the corner of Brooks Street and Elm Avenue, the facility offers a variety of cultural events, including concerts, plays, exhibits and recitals. The venue is also available to rent for private events, such as weddings, conventions and meetings.

For more information about the Renaissance Centre, contact Renaissance Centre Manager Catherine Gouge at 919-435-9567 or cgouge@wakeforestnc.gov.

Friday Night on White Continues May 13 with Brickhouse

The Town of Wake Forest will continue its free outdoor music series with Brickhouse on Friday, May 13. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” takes place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday night of each month from April through September.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants during Friday Night on White. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site in the parking lot of Fidelity Bank, 231 S. White St., and along Owen Avenue. Food and dessert trucks scheduled to participate on May 13 include Arepa Culture NC,Bam Pow Chow,Baton Rouge Cuisine,Charlie’s Kabob Grill on Wheels,Cousins Maine Lobster,Fuzzy’s Empanadas,The VFW Chuckwagon, Virgil’s Jamaica,Kona Ice,Lumpy’s Ice Cream, and Sweet Stacey Cakes.

No outside coolers are permitted during Friday Night on White, but beer, wine, soft drinks, and water will be available for purchase. All attendees wishing to purchase beer and wine will be required to present age identification and wear the provided identifying bracelet.

In response to the incredible turnout for the April 8 Friday Night on White and the constructive feedback provided by attendees, event organizers have announced the following changes to Friday Night on White beginning with the May 13 event:

  • In addition to beer – wine, soft drinks,and water will be available for purchase.
  • Designated drivers will be eligible toreceive two complimentary soft drinks or waters during each Friday Night on White concert. To be eligible, you must be at least 21-years-old with a valid driver’s license. Visit the Information Tent located in the vicinity of Shorty’s for details.
  • Beer and wine tokens will be available for purchase at four points of sale tents – instead of one. The tents will be situated at each end of South White Street, near the intersection ofOwen Avenue/Brooks Street, and on South White Street near Shorty’s.
  • Tokens may also be purchasedanytime during normal business hours inside White Street Brewing Co.
  • Additional beer and wine serving stations will be added, including a second White Street Brewing Co. beer truck.

Free parking will be available along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest and at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Art After Hours will officially resume in October, but several downtown merchants and art galleries will offer special arts-related programs and activities on the second Friday evening of each month as part of Friday Night on White. For complete details, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/merchant-specials.aspx.

Friday Night on White commemorative t-shirts are on sale for $5 each. The t-shirts are available in black and lime green – now in both youth and adult sizes – and can be purchased at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., during normal business hours with cash, check or credit card. During the May 13 concert, the commemorative t-shirts will also be available for purchase with cash or check at the Information Tent.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during Friday Night on White. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will receive training and a commemorative t-shirt. Civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate. For more information or to sign up, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/friday-night-on-white.aspx.

Other bands scheduled to perform during Friday Night on White include The Will McBride Group on June 10, Stone Age Romeos on July 8, The Remedy on Aug. 12, and Crush on Sept. 9.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to Friday Night on White in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and utilizing the app’s “Friday Night on White” function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to important details about this year’s outdoor music series, the function includes the complete 2016 concert schedule, the lineup of participating food and dessert trucks, parking information, weather updates and more.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searchingfor “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, orin Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

Friday Night on White is scheduled to take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather on the day of a concert, a decision on whether to proceed will be made no later than 4 p.m. Updated concert information will be posted on the town’s Facebook page and available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the town’s app will receive a push notification message concerning any schedule changes.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to Friday Night on White: White Street Brewing Co., Back Alley Coffee Roasters, McPherson Family Eye Care, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, North Raleigh News, Gladwell Orthodontics, The Wake Forest Weekly, Dirty Dogs Spa,Coastal Federal Credit Union,Raleigh Radiology,Chick-fil-A,Edward Jones,Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital,Carillon Assisted Living,Wake Audiology,CIRCA Magazine, Lowes Foods, Heritage Urgent & Primary Care, Candlewood Suites, The Rolesville Buzz, Esthetics by Caris, Page 158 Books, and Ads N’ Art.

For complete information about Friday Night on White, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Friday Night on White.”

Friday Night on White is a Wake Forest Live event. For a complete listing of upcoming Wake Forest Live concerts and performances, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Wake Forest Live” and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WakeForestLive/.

Flaherty Park Tennis Courts’ Resurfacing to Begin June 1

Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the Flaherty Park tennis courts will be closed for resurfacing and repair. The courts are located at 1226 N. White St.

The town has contracted with Court One to perform the work which will include the following:

  • Cleaning and scraping of the courts of all dirt, debris, foreign matter and loose material

  • Removal of grass and weeds

  • Sealing cracks

  • Application of acrylic resurfacer, one sand-filled coat, and one sand-filled Laykold Colorcoat finishing coat.

  • Refurbishing the net posts

  • Addition of 10 & under, quick-start lines on courts 1 & 2

  • New courtside benches and message boards

  • Repair of defective surface on court 4

Weather permitting the courts will re-open in mid-June.

The total cost of the project is $21,567. Funded is provided through the town’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). The CIP is a five-year plan identifying the town’s capital outlay and improvement needs. As a long-range plan, the CIP reflects the town’s policy regarding future physical and economic development. By providing a planned schedule of public improvements, the CIP outlines present and future public needs and priorities. A ‘capital improvement’ is defined as any expenditure for equipment, buildings, infrastructure, land acquisition, plan or project and the estimated useful life is greater thanone year.

The community’s patience and understanding is appreciated during the court resurfacing project. For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or jglover@wakeforestnc.gov.

Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour May 14

The Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB) is sponsoring its annual walking tour at the Wake Forest Cemetery on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cemetery is located at 400 N. White St., less than a quarter-mile from downtown Wake Forest.

The free, self-guided tour will celebrate the lives of the men and women who established the Wake Forest community, as well as its culture and destiny.

Docents will be stationed at various locations throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names. Representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans clad in Confederate uniforms and carrying Civil War-era firearms will also be on hand to share tales of soldiers who served in the War Between the States. Ladies in period costume from the same era will also participate, along with representatives of the Wake Forest-Rolesville Junior ROTC, under the direction of Colonel Dimitri Belmont.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the tour as a special handout will be provided highlighting interesting points of interest throughout the cemetery grounds. Designed to promote healthy interaction between a child and their parents or accompanying adult, the photos and sites highlighted in the handout will help educate visitors about the cemetery’s historical significance.

Admission is free and open to the public. Limited parking will be permitted in designated areas of the cemetery. Overflow parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of North White Street and East Roosevelt Avenue.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to the Cemetery Walking Tour by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “Wake Forest Cemetery Tour” function. Offering smartphone users instant access to important details about the cemetery tour, the function also includes a link to the new cemetery virtual tour.

IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the free app by searchingfor “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, orin Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

In case of inclement weather, updated information about the tour will be provided on the the town’s Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. In the event of rain, the tour will be rescheduled for May 21.

Area residents are also invited to visit the town’s website and view the Wake Forest Cemetery Virtual Tour. Available at www.wakeforestnc.gov/cemetery-tour.aspx, the virtual tour provides users a unique historical perspective of the cemetery through the use of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Offering an aerial view of the Wake Forest Cemetery, the interactive application shows red icons denoting notable and historic gravesites, including burial locations for Samuel Wait, the first president of Wake Forest College; Thomas Joseph Byrne, New York Yankees pitcher and Wake Forest mayor; and Sophie Lanneau, member of the first graduating class at Meredith College and Baptist missionary to China. Simply by clicking on one of the red icons, visitors can learn where a historical figure is buried, gain fascinating insight about the person by reading a brief bio, and – in most cases – view their picture.

For more information about the Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cemetery Tour” or contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

Pool Opening and Clubhouse Reveal Party

Please join us at the Pool and NEWLY RENOVATED Clubhouse! This will be the Pool Opening party and be the first chance to see the newly upgraded Clubhouse. We will be celebrating with Kona Ice truck and wine, cheese, soda, etc. Come out to see the clubhouse and meet the board!